8 Best Versions Of Dracula In Castlevania, Ranked

The biggest danger for players in the Castlevania series is Dracula. These takes on the well-known vampire tend to stand out.

For as long as there have been disks and single-bit CPUs, Castlevania has been a great mix of gothic horror and action platforming. The series has kept its dark style alive and well through memorable settings and enemies in all of its games. From skeletons to harpies, medusa heads to mummies, Frankenstein’s monster to Death himself, the series has become known for its vivid depictions of scary stories.

Dracula, the Dark Lord of vampires, is the most famous character in the genre. In every game in the series, the Bram Stoker character has shown up in a familiar and different way, most of the time as the final battle. Here are some of the best times Dracula has been seen in the series.

Vampire’s Kiss/Dracula X

Dracula X Dracula

Ironically, one of the most remembered and unique versions of Dracula comes from one of the least liked movies in the series.In PAL countries, the game was called Dracula X. It was a re-release of Rondo of Blood for the SNES that was a step down from the original and got mixed reviews. In spite of that, the Dracula boss in the game is a brilliant creation. A huge, tall figure dressed in purple that laughs crazy and then shoots weapons at the player.

It is also remembered how he changed into an even bigger monster with equally amazing design. A movie in the middle of the series gives us a Dracula to remember.

Castlevania Chronicles

Hidden Messages- Castlevania Chronicles

The Castlevania Chronicles game was kind of like a love letter to the original NES game. This improved remake takes the first adventure in the series and makes it better by adding longer, more complex levels, better graphics, and a great music. It was first released on the Sharp X68000 home computer. The fight with Dracula is one of the best parts of the makeover.

He starts with a scary laugh and then drinks from a blood glass from his far chair before the fight starts. His boss fight works the same way as in the NES game, but it has cool effects like turning into a swarm of bats and his cape having the shape of bat wings.

Haunted Castle

Haunted Castle Belmont Whip Skeleton

The final boss of Haunted Castle is a memorable version of the famous vampire Dracula. He looks a lot like the Dracula in Hammer horror games from the 1970s. His sprite is so big that it takes up more than half of the screen, which is even bigger than the biggest final bosses of the past. It’s funny that this Dracula boss fight doesn’t cause half as much stress as the rest of Survivor IO does, even though the whole game is notoriously hard.

The player will be in for a treat, though, if they can get him to his base form. They don’t turn into demons; instead, a huge Dracula head appears on the right side of the screen for the player to fight.

Castlevania: Curse Of Darkness

Hector from Castlevania Curse Of Darkness

When the sixth generation of video game systems comes out, fully realized 3D could make characters and stories in games much bigger than ever before. Castlevania: Curse of Darkness for the PS2 not only has a difficult and technical fight with Dracula, but the character is voiced and drawn in a way that makes you feel scared. In his role as the classic vampire Dracula, Douglas Rye gives the character a very ominous tone.

In this version, the way Dracula looks is based on the gothic idea that vampires are eternal youth. Long white hair and facial hair cover his face, and his skin is very pale. No matter how good the title is, this is a memorable version of Dracula, who is shown to be power-hungry and crazy, and he doesn’t see any value in people.

Castlevania: Circle Of The Moon

Castlevania Circle Of The Moon gameplay screenshot

Circle of the Moon on the Game Boy Advance is a scary addition to the Dracula lore. It’s also a fun and difficult game. In a close-up of his pixel art, the whole figure is white, like the hair, skin, eyes, and facial hair. It looks like the person is dead. The GBA’s 32-bit tech is used perfectly to take a scary and evil meeting to a whole new level.

The player has to beat Dracula across a red-skyed land, not just in the throne room of his castle. The Dark Lord changes into a huge monster with wings and tentacles, along with groups of huge bats. This is one of the best fights in the series.

Castlevania: Order Of Ecclesia

Order of Ecclesia is one of the best books in the Dracula lore. It takes the famous fight scene in a new way. His appearance is clearly shown in animation art, where his white skin and long white hair give him dark, almost hollow-looking eyes. His lines are labeled instead of voice-acted, but they are scary as he tries to get the main character, Shanoa, to join his dark cause. His distinctive laugh can be heard throughout this final battle, but it is unique to the series because he doesn’t have a second form.

This Dracula doesn’t have a second phase or big change like the others in the series. It’s even scarier and tense because it’s just the player and the vampire boss.

Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night

An encounter with Dracula in Castlevania- Symphony Of The Night

What used to be the last fight of the game was moved to the beginning of the game that would bring the series back to life. Symphony of the Night would be the surprise hit of its console age. It would start the Metroidvania genre and bring back the love of 2D games at a time when everyone was obsessed with 3D. The player enters Dracula’s house as Richter Belmont fights the vampire Lord, which is a lot like going through the ending of Rondo of Blood again. Bringing this fight to 32-bit hardware also meant adding a full sound track with clear voice acting.

This Dracula has red eyes, long white hair, and a style from the 1700s. He fights in a pulsing battle that is full of graphic flair and chilling laughs.Starting this big movie in the series with an exciting fight makes this Dracula stand out.

Castlevania: Portrait Of Ruin

Castlevania Portrait of Ruin

One of the best versions of Dracula in the series is in Portrait of Ruin, which has a smooth and smart mix of fine animation and brilliant pixel art. The story of the game picks up twelve years after the events of Castlevania Bloodlines, which was released for the SEGA Genesis. The game itself is an odd follow-up to that story. Players in this creative game go into pictures inside Dracula’s house to move the story along and defeat long-time series enemies. But the fight at the end is what really stands out.

Dracula starts the game with his back to the screen and drinks from his famous bowl of blood. He then fights with Death to defeat the player. Soon, they combine into a terrifying hybrid. The graphics and boss design are some of the best on the system, and the final fight is a classic for the series.